Kooij ninth on first stage ZLM Tour
Surprisingly, the first bunch sprint of the ZLM Tour did not take place. Olav Ko...
Team Jumbo-Visma has come through the sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia well. In the mostly narrow streets of Naples, leader Primoz Roglic crossed the line in the same time as stage winner Mads Pedersen. The black-and-yellow team will now focus on Friday's stage, which has an uphill finish.
On paper, the stage in and around Italy's third-largest city looked anything but easy. With more than 2,500 meters of climbing ahead, it was up and down all day. However, the course did not prove challenging enough to get rid of the sprinters. Two early breakaway riders came close to winning the race, but their chances quickly disappeared in the final kilometre.
Roglic was briefly shaken by equipment problems in the final. However, the Slovenian quickly changed bikes, and his teammates brought him back to the head of the pack. "I had a puncture while positioning myself at the front of the peloton. Luckily we were able to change bikes quickly. Thanks to the hard work of my teammates, we were soon back in the peloton", Roglic said.
"I expect it to be a nice battle"
The number five in the general classification was more excited about tomorrow's stage. The first uphill finish is on the programme. "I am ready for it. A lot of guys will be anticipating this stage. I expect it to be a nice battle. I am looking forward to it."
"We have a plan for tomorrow"
Sports director Marc Reef was also looking forward to tomorrow's stage. "The classification riders will test each other. They can no longer hide. We think the last five kilometres of the final climb will be decisive. Primoz is making a good impression, so we are confident about tomorrow's stage. He touched the ground yesterday but had a good night. We also managed the hectic stage today very well. We have a plan for tomorrow", Reef said.